When National Geographic gave the world a peak at the natural wonders surrounding Churchill, Manitoba, local resident Walter Daudrich took it upon himself to help others from around the globe experience the polar bears, beluga whales and natural wildlife of the Churchill area. With his lovely Colorado bride, Dawn, Walter set out to share their love for the outdoors by building the Lazy Bear Lodge by hand.
They started hauling logs out of the nearby boreal forest on snowmobile and first built a small takeout shack. Then, log by log, they continued to build what would become the Lazy Bear Lodge.
Much of the Lodge's character comes from the over 1,000 stunted and twisted logs that died in a forest fire. Since its completion in 2000, it remains the largest handcrafted log building in Manitoba. Its character is unmatched and guests often comment on the pleasant aroma the logs continue to provide.
The Daudrich family continues to own and operate the Lazy Bear Lodge. The property sits on the edge of continuous wilderness right through the North Pole, promising a unique, memorable experience to every visitor.